(Virtual) Runner Woman Wonder Woman

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Atlanta DC Wonder Woman Run (now virtual race) to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

So, the last time I was on here was the end of March when we were about 3 weeks into quarantine and I talked about the FitnessBank Des Linden Spring Step Challenge as one of the many virtual challenges that I’m using to keep motivated. Well, we’re now through week 8 so time to chat about part 2 of social distance training, running, virtual challenges, and more.

I’m going to be 100% honest here: what I’m now calling “The Great Pause” has actually been pretty beneficial to me in many ways. My husband and I feel very privileged that we have steady income (I’m actually paid to be a student, which is a privilege in itself, regardless of COVID19), we’ve enjoyed our extra time together (truly!), we’ve spent a ton of time cooking, riding bikes, watching movies, catching up on tv (Yes, we’re finally watching Ozark), we’ve saved money, and I’m pretty sure I’m in the best shape of my life and still going. We don’t have children so, outside of work and our general well-being, we don’t have any other responsibilities. We’re using this time to the best of our abilities, completely realizing how lucky we are and we can’t waste it. I truly believe that the lack of distractions (what else are we gonna do?), has enabled me to nearly finish my dissertation and maintain a running/fitness streak where I’ve run for 55 days in a row and often do 2-3 workouts a day.

When you have a choice between just being a regular roadie or a unicorn, ALWAYS be the unicorn!

That’s not to say that everything is 100% perfect, rainbows and unicorns. I’m about to finish a degree that was supposed to offer me more opportunities (and more compensation), but the offers that I had in the works have been delayed indefinitely or dried up completely. The anxiety of being so close to the end and not knowing where or when I’m going to land has definitely kept me up at night. On that same topic, in the last couple weeks I have realized how close I am to the light at the end of the PhD tunnel. I should be over the moon. Instead, every time I get a little excited, the bittersweet reality of it all sets in and it’s difficult not to feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. I had built up the PhD endgame I’ve worked so hard for, so much in my head: visualized the people in the room at my dissertation defense, imagined what it will be like to get my Doctoral hood at graduation from my advisor, planned what I want to do after defense and/or graduation (Porsche track driving experience followed by dinner at Porsche headquarters), thought about the epic party I want to have for all my friends who supported me with open hearts and vast amounts of patience for the past 4 years, and, of course, dreamed about so much more. None of this will be happening. My defense will happen behind a computer screen, no PhD hooding ceremony, no party, no celebration. Yes, it’s 100% all first world problems. Hardly problems at all in the grand scheme of things. However, we’re all entitled to our own experience of the world and I’ve allowed myself just a bit of sadness about all of it. It’s ok to not be ok. Plus, my dear friend Stephanie said the other day, “we’re all experiencing this differently, but we’re all in the same storm.” For me, sometimes bouncing on the waves in a choppy sea is fun; sometimes it makes me want to vomit and crawl in a ball.

Can’t wait to lace up for this next Saturday, whether alone or with a small (socially distant) group.

Where does this bring me back to then? Many of the events and things we were expecting are canceled, postponed, or indefinitely delayed. However, the greatness in this Great Pause, for me, has been found in the joyful things that aren’t canceled. Running isn’t canceled. Races and group runs in person may not happen for a while, but the surge of virtual activities has given me (and many people new to the sport) motivation to find joy in my runs every day. I’ve run a virtual ultra challenge, a virtual team race across the states, a virtual half ironman, currently running a virtual 1000k across TN, a group effort run around the world, and a weekly challenge that’s added variety to my daily runs around the same neighborhood routes (like running a route shaped like a unicorn). Next Saturday, May 16, was supposed to be the Atlanta DC Wonder Woman Run. Nearly every runner I know in Atlanta was planning to be there. It’s obviously been canceled and turned into a virtual race. We received all our awesome race swag last week and some of us our still holding out hope that we may be able to gather and run it together (in a socially distant way) next Saturday on the original race day. I may still be on my own. But, when you think about it, all of these virtual challenges/races/events, etc. mean we’re never truly running alone. Next Saturday, whether in my own neighborhood or with a small group of friends, I’ll still put on my Wonder Woman running gear and know that many others are doing the same. What’s more joyful than that really?

Peace, Love, and Many Miles,

Jessica “Fun Size”

(Virtual) Runner Woman Wonder Woman
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Go the Social Distance with Virtual Races and Challenges!

Disclaimer: I received an Amazon gift card to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Well, it’s the last day of March and you’ve probably already been in some form of quarantine/social distancing/stay at home order for 2-3 weeks now. Let’s face it folks, the next time you go outside (with friends) …


Before you start piling pillows up to create a padded room in your home office, know that this challenging time has actually opened up some amazing opportunities for health and fitness challenges (for newbies and veterans alike)! Finding a new normal of wake-up, eat breakfast, work, eat lunch, work, eat dinner, go to bed, repeat has actually resulted in even more consistent workout sessions, a run streak, and more! Here’s how I’m keeping motivated through virtual challenges, training, races, and more…

FitnessBank Des Linden Spring Step Challenge

Fitness Bank (a cool online banking option where your steps gain you competitive savings account interest rates) has teamed up with Des Linden for an awesome step challenge during the months of April and May. Initially, the challenge was meant to be a an opportunity for folks to track their steps along with Des as she trained for the Boston Marathon. While Coronavirus has caused many of us, Des included, to switch training gears due to canceled races (Boston is postponed until Fall), running for our lives has taken on a whole new challenge and meaning. Des herself definitely said it best…

So, grab your garmin/fitbit/phone app/pedometer and start tracking steps around your living room, backyard, around the block, on the treadmill…whatever steps are allowable and socially distant. There’s definitely cool prizes on the line too! P.S. You do not have to sign up for a Fitness Bank account to join in the fun. Here’s how to get started:

  • Enter now through April 30th!⠀
  • Download the Fitness Bank app. It is FREE and you don’t need to open a Fitness Savings Account to join.⠀
  • Sync your tracker. Steps are pulled directly from Fitbit, Garmin, AppleHealth, etc.
  • Join Des’ Running Group on the app, which can be found under FitnessBank Groups on your home screen!
  • Join the Step Challenge on or after April 1st.⠀
  • There will be AWESOME prizes for participants, including posters signed by @des_linden , @brooksrunning shoes and a grand prize of FREE RACING FOR A YEAR. See terms and conditions on the website.

There are 2 different ways to win prizes!

Compete To Win THE KICK A$$ WAY.  Competitive Athletes who top the leaderboard can earn awards:

  • 1st Place Male & Female
    • 1 pair of Brooks Running Shoes
    • 100,000 Bonus Steps
    • Medal
  • 2nd Place Male & Female
    • 1 Pair of Brooks Running Shoes
    • 50,000 Bonus Steps
    • Medal
  • 3rd Place Male & Female
    • 1 Pair of Brooks Running Shoes
    • 25,000 Bonus Steps
    • Medal
  • Top 50 on the Leaderboard
    • Earn a signed poster from Des
    • 1,000 Bonus Steps

Participate To WinTHE KEEP SHOWING UP WAY.  All participants have a chance to win prizes:

  • 5 Participants will win:
    • A signed poster from Des
    • 1 Pair of Brooks Running Shoes
    • 25,000 Bonus Steps
    • Fitness Bank Prize Pack
  • 1 Grand Prize Winner (1 of the 5 participation winners) will win:
    • Free year of racing for 2 (one race a month of 2 people, of any distance, up to $150 max-entry fee) – reimbursed via deposits in your Fitness Savings Account)
    • An additional 50,000 Bonus Steps

Considering ALL the postponed and new races I’m gonna be itching to get done after we finally make it out of quarantine, that GRAND PRIZE is something else!!! if that’s not motivation, I don’t know what else is! In the leadup to this challenge I’ve been easily making my goal of over 10,000 steps per day so I’ve increased my goal to 12,500 steps per day! Let’s do this and Social Distance our way to some epic step goals. Download the Fitness Bank app and virtually join me! Remember, please follow any safety guidelines and/or restrictions for your state or community! No group activities, unless it is with your immediate family that you live with!

Check out some of my fellow BibRave Pros thoughts on the Fitness Bank Des Spring Step Challenge and how they are staying motivated below!

Amy | Samantha | Stephanie | Karen | Mike | Danielle | Sarah | Ken |

What goals are you setting for yourself during social distancing/quarantine/stay at home? What tools/tricks are you using to achieve those goals during this complicated time? Let me know in the comments below or on social! Stay safe out their and may you enjoy many happy, healthy miles ahead!

Much LOVE ~ Jessica ‘Fun Size’

Go the Social Distance with Virtual Races and Challenges!
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BibRave Product Review: Handfuls of Chafe-Free Fun with Handful Closer Sports Bra!

Disclaimer: I received a Handful The Closer bra to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Just a bit obsessed…

I first found and fell in love with Handful when the BibRave Pros met the owners and tested the Y-back as part of our trip to The Running Event in December 2018. Check out my previous reviews of the Y-Back bra and Squeeze Play leggings, as well as my first test of the Closer Bra. Both bras are the only ones I’ve ever owned that DON’T CHAFE! Since then I have replaced nearly all of my bras with Handful products, using the Y-back for daily wear and low impact activities (yoga, cycling, a short run here and there), and the Closer Bra for high impact (running, crossfit). I keep ONE traditional underwire bra for dresses and blouses. I also have several pairs of the Squeeze Play leggings now. In fact, I ran in the long leggings this morning, washing them now, and will wear them back out to the Atlanta United home opener because they’re slimming and really cute. All in one awesomeness!

Y-back and squeeze play sexiness!

My favorite aspect of both the Closer and the Y-back is that they both look great; no more crushing down the ta-tas in a uniboob! I get all the comfort and coverage I need, while still looking awesome. This also means that I can transition from work to fitness in the same bras because they look good under everything.

Chasing PRs in the Closer bra!

The Closer Bra has been updated a bit since I had my first one back in 2018. The front zip, high impact sports bra seems to have a lighter, more comfortable mesh backing, and double front hooks instead of just one. The result is a more breathable, comfortable, and tougher/higher quality product that still has an easy-on, easy-off front zip design. The double hooks in front actually allow me to do a quick change in my car without any unfortunate nip-slips for any passer-by.

According to their site, the Closer Bra has:

Zip front styling, high impact support

– Removable Lights Out™ Pads
– Front zip for easy on/off
– Breathable and supportive stretch mesh panels
– Smooth, non-chafing, quick-dry fabric
– Adjustable length straps for custom fit
– Soft, moisture-wicking COOLMAX® lining

Finally, Handful as a company is incredible and goes above and beyond supporting breast cancer survivors. They’re amazing programs include:

  • 12.5% for 12.5% – 12.5% of revenue from our Battle Cry Pink bras year round to YSC® (Young Survival Coalition) in recognition of the 1 in 8 women (12.5%) who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast Friends Program – From diagnosis through treatment and beyond, breast cancer survivors are eligible for a lifetime 30% discount on all Handful® bras and activewear.
  • Free pads for life – For any woman who loses a breast to cancer, they provide FREE pad sets that can be stacked and used as prosthetics in any pocketed Handful® bra.

What’s not to like? Grab life by the handful and get yours now using code BIBRAVE20 for 20% off an entire order.

Are you a Handful devotee? Chime in below in the comments. Still debating making the switch? Feel free to post questions in comments or PM on social.

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say about Handful Bras:

Mai | Vanessa | Stephanie |

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2020: Say ‘NO!’ to Resolutions and ‘YES!’ to Motivations!

So yeah, I wanted to wait a few weeks into the new year to get my bearings and let everyone else blab about their resolutions before I came out with my 2020 plans and motivations. 2019 was difficult but 2020 is exciting and full of change. Check it out below and here’s just a preview of plans for the year:

  • Finish PhD –> Dr. Rudd, I presume??
  • Start new job –> interviews underway. Where in the world will Jessica Rudd be??
  • Try some new bike events as member of Sorella Cycling race team –> try some Gran Fondos, timed mountain bike races, and more cyclocross in the fall?
  • Yeti 100 –> Second time around with an A goal of sub-24hours
  • NYC Marathon –> It’s the 50th running of the race and I’m planning for an epic NYC weekend!
  • So much more…
Screw resolutions! Say YES to motivations!

What are your 2020 motivations? Comment below or hit me up on social so we can support each other!

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BibRave Race Review: Feeling Ohana at the Honolulu Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

It’s been 2 weeks since an amazing marathon weekend in Honolulu and 1 week since we finished our awesome adventures on the Hawaiian islands, and my brain is still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The fact that it’s been 40s and raining nearly non-stop since we returned to ATL really doesn’t help much either. I never thought I’d be able to cross a Hawaii marathon off my list so early in the 50 states marathon game but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take this adventure at this time. If you’re thinking about doing this race, or visiting Hawaii in general, then do it! The time and cost involved may seem overwhelming, but I saved money throughout the year using an Acorns account and paid for flights and many of the excursions as I was able. Anything is possible. The marathon itself is the 3rd largest in the US but has a very local community feel to it. If you want all the amenities of a large race but enjoy running through neighborhoods with people camped out in lawn chairs on their lawns, then Honolulu Marathon is certainly worth the journey. For a full, extensive review of the race, check out my review on BibRave. Here’s my Honolulu Marathon Top 10:

  • International feel without needing a passport
  • Over 200 hotels in a 1 mile radius of Waikiki so plenty of housing options near the start shuttles and race finish
  • 5am start time is perfect for those of us still fighting jet lag (it’s 10 am east coast time!)
  • Fireworks! They’re not playing around; 20+ minute firework extravaganza at the start
  • Shuttles to the start are really easy
  • Merrie Mile: get a little shakeout run on Saturday and then enjoy watching elite runners blow away the out and back course along the famed Waikiki Beach Kalakau Ave. (The winner finished in 3 minutes 53 seconds!)
  • Shell necklaces: the medals for all races are quite nice but I was most excited about receiving a long shell necklace at the marathon finish
  • Malasadas! A Portuguese-style fried donut common in Hawaii. They have a whole kitchen setup at the finish making fresh malasadas for all finishers. YUM!
  • Cold showers: seems obvious, but yes, Honolulu is HOT and starting at 5am doesn’t actually improve the situation all that much. Right after you cross the finish line, there’s a bank of shower heads for an amazingly refreshing cool down. Also, the finish line is a 5 minute walk from the beach, so a post-marathon Pacific Ocean dunk is a must-do.
  • Sunrise over Diamond Head: the advantage of starting at 5am means that, depending on your pace, you’ll be climbing around Diamond Head just as the sun rises. There’s not many things in this world better than a Pacific Ocean sunrise.

Finally, thanks so much to the race director for sending this epic pic to Team BibRave.

Always remember to hydrate!

What’s the most epic race-cation you’ve had? What’s on your bucket list?

BibRave Race Review: Feeling Ohana at the Honolulu Marathon
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BibRave Product Review: Give Good Vibez with Aftershokz Aeropex

Disclaimer: I received AfterShokz Aeropex to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own and no further compensation was given.

The Give Good Vibez campaign I took part in with other BibRave Pros was a really awesome way to test out a new product and give back in the process. For the past few years Aftershokz has had a Black Friday BOGO deal. This year the BOGO deal was rolled into the #GiveGoodVibez campaign, where folks were encouraged to give their free pair of Aftershokz to a friend, family member, or community member in need or who they felt deserved a little extra good vibez this holiday season. As BibRave Pros, we received the new Aeropex model to test and a pair of Aftershokz Titanium bone conduction headphones to share with someone. I sent my pair to my friend Drew and her husband Ramon in a care package with some extra little goodies.

The Aeropex themselves are the newest Aftershokz model, with enhanced sound experience. I’ve found them to be the lightest, most comfortable pair of Aftershokz yet and wore them non-stop on a 10 + hour flight to Honolulu without any discomfort. No more uncomfortable ear buds, no pressure on your head and ears after hours of use, and a great battery life that lasted no problem through the long flight, even though they advertise 8 hour battery life and I watched 5 movies over 10 hours of flight time. From the Aftershokz website, the Aeropex have:

  • “the widest dynamic stereo sound that bone conduction can offer. Say hello to deeper base, less vibration, and louder volumes.”
  • IP67 waterproof rating makes them fully sweat and waterproof
  • Bluetooth connectivity up to 33 feet (10m)
  • Moisture detection alert for safe charging – the updated magnetic charging port prevents water ingress

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say about Aftershokz Aeropex:

Lindsey Vanessa Mark | Corey Ryan | Stephanie |Ken B. |Linda | Samantha T.|

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BibRave Promo: San Francisco Best of the Bay City Guide!

Disclaimer: I am promoting the Best of the Bay City Guide as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Check out this awesome Pinterest city guide for the hype-worthy San Francisco Half Marathon!

To all of you west coast readers, or anyone looking for a great west coast race-cation for early 2020, consider the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon on February 20! Check out the guide above for all the great places to stay, eat, shake-out run, post-race party, and more! Register for any of the 5k, 10k, or half marathon on https://www.getfitkpsf.com/race/ and use code KPSFBIBRAVE for $5 off! Can’t wait to hear more about this race from all the running fam out there. After next week’s Honolulu Marathon, I won’t be traveling too far outside the southeast for races until a little thing known as my PhD Dissertation is complete. Until then, living vicariously through this city guide and all y’all!

Check out the Pinterest Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/BibRaveGuides/best-of-the-bay-san-francisco-city-guide/

And interactive Google Maps page here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=12_o5qhAjz0rnBukWKtHFNpXMwAqfoYEJ&ll=37.81170941982896%2C-122.5136152578392&z=11

Happy Miles and Smiles!

BibRave Promo: San Francisco Best of the Bay City Guide!
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BibRave Promo: Give Good Vibez with Aftershokz

“Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Aeropex to review and a pair of Titaniums to give as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

It’s that time of year where we all struggle with gift ideas for our partner, parents, siblings, best running friends, dog sitter, etc. 😛 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be the star gift giver of the season! Aftershokz, the all stars of bone conduction wireless music technology, wants you to brighten someones day this holiday season, and they are once again bringing back their Black Friday Buy 1 Get One. This year the focus of the promo is to #GiveGoodVibez. In order to get exclusive access to the sale, head to https://givegoodvibez.aftershokz.com/ , get your email on the list, and wait for the sale details in your inbox. On Black Friday, use your exclusive sale access to purchase a pair of wireless Aftershokz and you’ll receive 1 pair of open box Aftershokz Titaniums to give to someone else for FREE!

Why have I already converted most of my friends and family to the Aftershokz squad? Aftershokz offers a great family of high quality products but in many ways they’re more than just some snazzy electronic gear. The last few months have been challenging, to say the least, due to pressures of PhD-land, family stress, and personal health issues. It’s definitely hard to stay motivated to keep fit when you’d rather just stay in bed, let alone keep motivated to continue marathon training. At the end of the day, when stress and health have your body craving those extra hours of sleep in the morning, sometimes it’s important to listen. However, finding time to build up some sweat equity is still key to overall health and mental wellness. As you’ve seen in my last few posts, as well as posts in the past, I’ve been an acolyte of Aftershokz bone conduction headphones for a few years now, and have owned several pairs. In the last few months though, Aftershokz have been more than just a cool device; they’ve provided the extra motivation to stay active when motivation was very difficult to come by in my life.

Couldn’t get out of bed in the morning for that early morning run group and now you only have time to fit in a dreaded treadmill workout at the school gym? Listen to pump up tunes ( AC/DC or Led Zeppelin for me!) or an awesome podcast (BibRave Podcast anyone?) on your Aftershokz Titanium. Injury (plantar fasciitis maybe?) and need to take a break from running and do laps in the pool instead? Grab your fully waterproof with 4GB of MP3 storage Aftershokz Xtrainerz to cut the lane line boredom. Just need to talk to your mommy but your only time is on the late night drive home after class? Use your Aftershokz Air for handsfree wireless calls. Yes, I own all 3 products, and yes, I speak from experience.

Programming in a noisy office is a little less stressful when you can distract/focus yourself using some instrumental music. I’m big into classical music while studying/working.

A brand new pair of Aftershokz Aeropex, the newest model, are headed my way and I can’t wait to try them out. The Aeropex have the longest battery life and best sound quality of any Aftershokz yet with the new PremiumPitch 2.0+ technology and angled transducers for optimal placement “allowing for more dynamic bass range, higher volume, and less vibration.” I’m about to get “Thunderstuck” in the best possible way. I’ll write an updated review once I receive them but you can check out reviews from other BibRave Pros below:

Lindsey | Vanessa | Mark | Corey | Ryan |

This isn’t your average Black Friday deal, so don’t forget to head to https://givegoodvibez.aftershokz.com/ before the 27th to get on the exclusive BOGO #GiveGoodVibez list!

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BibRave Product Review: Just keep swimming with Aftershokz Xtrainerz

Disclaimer: I received AfterShokz Xtrainerz to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own and no further compensation was given.

The benefit of being in school for my 3rd degree is that I have access to awesome athletic facilities, including a really nice lap pool. When I first started at Kennesaw State in fall 2016 I was in the last 6 weeks of training for Ironman Chattanooga and the access to the pool proved wonders on my swim training. I’m pretty sure I swam more in those last 6 weeks of training than I had in all the previous months leading up that. When I first started triathlon, the swim was my weakest sport. While I’m certainly not fast, the easy access to pool facilities the last few years has allowed me to find a lot of comfort in the swim that I never had before.

Why is swimming awesome?

  • Great cross-training: this low impact activity allows for a great cardio workout without the stress on the body. I’ve found that any time I’m in a high load training cycle, my fitness and recovery are A+ if I add 1-2 swim sessions a week.
  • Excellent workout option if injured: adding to the first bullet, swimming is a great workout, and allows you to keep moving even if an injury has sidelined your run or bike workouts. Case in point, I’ve had plantar fasciitis since June and have traded 1-2 of my mid-week runs for a swim instead. I’ve been resting my foot, but still keeping strong cardio, and allowing the foot to recover and be ready for the long weekend runs.
  • Cathartic and quiet: there’s something very calming about being alone underwater just methodically swimming back and forth following a line on the bottom of the pool.

What sucks about swimming?

  • Cathartic and quiet: for those of us with an excessive noisy, sometimes self-harmful brain, the quiet methodical following of a line is also extremely tedious, boring, and opens the squirrel brain up for anxiety inducing thoughts.

Enter: Aftershokz Xtrainerz

I’ve used waterproof headphones before but they were generally uncomfortable and the sound would be garbled like…being underwater, duh. Also, the in-ear design of most headphones means you can’t also wear ear plugs. For me, having ear plugs while swimming is the key to avoiding ear infections; I’ve had several while training for Ironman and they all suck. I even ended up with a perforated ear drum from one particularly bad infection.

Aftershokz are already well-known for their amazing open ear, bone-conduction design. With the new Xtrainerz, you get the open-ear design and can still wear whichever ear plugs you choose. I’ve used wax plugs in the past, but the swimming specific plugs the Xtrainerz come with are the most comfortable and effective ear plugs I’ve used. In addition, continuing the magic that is Aftershokz, the Xtrainerz produce amazing sound quality both in and out of the water, with specific settings for both environments. Using the bone conduction technology under water means that the sound quality is excellent, with none of that underwater garble effect.

Since Bluetooth technology does not work through water, and I don’t know anyone who’d swim with their phone anyway, the Xtrainerz are an MP3 device rather than a Bluetooth device. This means you actually store the music directly on the device, no phone required. The setup is really easy. If you use iTunes, set up a playlist and then use the convert to mp3 menu option (File –> Convert –> Create Mp3 Version). You’ll then be able to copy these songs from the iTunes folder on your computer directly into the Xtrainerz. Note: you’ll only be able to do this with music you own, not streaming music subscriptions. So far I’ve added over 5 hours of music to the Xtrainerz, which has been more than enough distraction for hours of back and forth, following the lane line, entertainment. And as always, Aftershokz are great for outdoor runs and rides where you need a little entertainment but still want to maintain situational awareness. I particularly love how I can listen to music without relying on my phone. This is a great benefit for treadmill runs and gym sessions where I don’t want to carry my phone around with me (I’m prone to leaving it behind on the gym equipment).

Here’s some device specifics directly from the Aftershokz site:

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.
  • 4GB of built-in storage to hold up to 1,200 songs with full track and volume control at the touch of a button.
  • Supports MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, and FLAC files (not Bluetooth compatible).
  • Enjoy eight hours of premium audio stroke after stroke.
  • Fully waterproof (IP68 rated) to withstand complete submersion in up to 2 meters of water.
  • Simply connect to a computer via the USB cradle to drag and drop your favorite songs.
  • OpenFit™ design ensures bud-free, pain-free listening.
  • Complete wraparound titanium design provides a flexible fit for unnoticeable all-day comfort and stability in and out of the water.
  • PremiumPitch 2.0+ delivers wide dynamic stereo sound and louder volume.
  • Charge fully in two hours with the USB charging cradle.
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, play mode, and more.
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty included.

Ready to get your swim tunes on? Use code BRBUNDLE to get $50 off the endurance bundle at www.bibrave.aftershokz.com

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say about Aftershokz Xtrainerz:

Ken | Brenda | Chris | Corey | Erica | Christine | Kelly | Kimberly | Kim | Lacey | Linda | Lisa | Megan | Meridith | Michael |Nicole | Stephanie | Scott |

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BibRave Product Unboxing: Aftershokz Xtrainerz!

Disclaimer: I received my Aftershokz XTrainerz to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

The Aftershokz Xtrainerz finally dropped in the US last week and the BibRave Pros are getting in all the musical laps fun. The same great open ear comfortable design has been made specifically for your underwater enjoyment with 4GB of mp3 storage, IP68 waterproof rating, and an 8-hr battery life. The unboxing was definitely like early Hanukkah for me! So far, I’ve had them on one swim session and they’re even more magical than I had imagined. I’ll be back with more details after a few more swim/run/bike sessions, but I can already tell you that these are life-changing. Grab a pair yourself using code BRBUNDLE for $50 off the endurance bundle at www.bibrave.aftershokz.com. And don’t forget to join BibRave and Aftershokz on #BibChat TONIGHT, September 17, at 8pm ET for your chance to WIN a pair!

BibRave Product Unboxing: Aftershokz Xtrainerz!
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